The Sydney Bus Museum is a not-for-profit organisation first established in 1986 at Tempe, and now permanently based within the Old Tramshed at Leichhardt in Sydney's inner-west.


We are a working museum made up of over 250 members who together help to preserve a rare, and invaluable collection of historic buses dating from the 1920s to 1980s.


Our organisation has continued to exist for over 25 years thanks to our entirely voluntary workforce, who ensure our vehicles are regularly made available for various community and charitable events.

The Museum was re-opened on 1 August 2016 at Leichhardt by The Hon. Andrew Constance MP, NSW Minister for Transport & Infrastructure. See images from the Museum's official opening below (by SJB Photography).



Our core activities include:

  • Sydney Bus Museum, Leichhardt 
    Operating the Sydney Bus Museum at Leichhardt, providing the community access to our invaluable collection and telling a part of Sydney's transport history.


  • Community events
    The Sydney Bus Museum is regularly engaged by Local Councils, the NSW Government and not-for-profits to participate in a raft of external community events across Sydney each year.


  • Film and televison work
    Film and television production companies regularly work with the Sydney Bus Museum on film and television projects.


  • Preservation
    The Sydney Bus Museum commits both volunteer and financial resources to at least one major restoration project each year.


  • Archives
    From destination rolls, old bus tickets to driver uniforms, bus designs and timetables - the Sydney Bus Museum Archives recieve new artefacts for preservation from a wide variety of organisations including the State Transit Authority each year.


  • Member only events
    The Sydney Bus Museum conducts at least two major member only events each year.




Our collection consisting of over 70 vehicles ranges from primitive 1920s type buses, through to 1940s and 50s Leyland’s and AEC’s as well as the more modern 1980s Mercedes-Benz city buses. The Museum also houses Australia’s largest collection of historic double deckers, including those from Sydney, Adelaide and London.


Learn more about our collection.



The Sydney Bus Museum is a not-for-profit registered charity. The Museum

has a Board of Directors with all five elected by its membership and a management committee appointed by the Board to manage the Museum's day to day affairs.

Our Board Directors:

  • The Hon. Justice Peter Young AO - CHAIRMAN

  • Robert Gioia

  • David Bennett

  • Duncan MacAuslan

  • Jon Denovan



© 2021 Sydney Bus Museum Limited


Images courtesy:
David Wilson, Liam Brundle, Greg Travers, John Ward, Steve Burrows, Dean Jones